At that moment, the curtain of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks split. Matthew 27:51 NIV
The Veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, a panorama of angelic hosts woven of blue, purple and crimson, 60’ wide, 30’ high, and as thick as the width of a man’s palm. No human hand(s), even if able to breach security and reach that high, could tear it. Nor was the earthquake responsible. Even if it had been strong enough to level the whole Temple, the flexible fabric would have gone with the flow.
That left only God’s hand.
The Holy of Holies was God’s private place; the Veil, in essence, was His front door, closed and locked, separating sinful man from God’s holiness. One man, the high priest, could enter once a year to make atonement for the people, and that only after stringent ritual cleansing.
The Veil between holiness and sin separated man from God—but it also separated God from man. God wanted it gone.
But no can do. There’s a penalty for sin—death and eternal separation from God. There’s no way sinful men can pay that debt and find their way back.
But God is good at making a way where there seems to be no way. A sinless sacrifice? No big deal. God just made a body for Himself, became a sinless man, and paid the price for every man.
Who woulda thought?
Avi, what You close no one can open, and what You open, no one can close. No more Veil, no more doors shut between us. That You would do this for us… You not only saved us from death, You gave us abundant life with You forever, the real thing. Don’t let me waste it. In Your holy name, Amen.